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Weirdness: Is There a Cheeky Nod to Shenmue in This PS4 Trailer?

Posted by Sammy Barker

Don't you know that teasing is way uncool?

Sony’s well aware that you want to know the conclusion to Ryo Hazuki’s story – and it’s either in a mischievous mood ahead of the PlayStation 4’s launch in Japan, or something is bubbling beneath the surface. Following photos of system architect Mark Cerny and series creator Yu Suzuki, the publisher has included a subtle reference to Shenmue’s sour faced protagonist in a brand new trailer for its supercharged next generation system.

Of course, it could just be a coincidence, but franchise fans have been pestering the platform holder regarding the Dreamcast favourite for months now, prompting the Japanese giant to even acknowledge the pleas. Even more fascinatingly, SEGA recently lost the rights to the property’s trademark after a period of prolonged inactivity. Is there a chance that the brand could be about to change hands?

In truth, it all seems highly unlikely, but it’s always nice to hold out hope. However, it’s been so long now since the snow turned to rain that we reckon that the book has been closed on the ambitious escapade for good. It’s a shame, too, as we really would like to know what the heck happened in that cave at the end of the second game. Are you still interested in tracking down Lan Di? Search out the Phoenix Mirror in the comments section below.


User Comments (7)



Sanquine said:

At 0:16 and 0:25 . I do think shenmua is coming. Only the name alone will sell. Maybe sony and sega co develop a new game



Bad-MuthaAdebisi said:

I just wanna open more draws and learn new kung fu with old men in parks. I think if it doesn't happen on PS4 then yes it is dead.



get2sammyb said:

@RyoHazuki Japan Studio X Yakuza Team would work, in my opinion. They have to hire Yu Suzuki if they're doing it, though. Sadly, it's just all wishful thinking.



Bliquid said:

@get2sammyb: Shenmue without Yu Suzuki IS basically Yakuza, if you follow me.
Shenmue is the vision of a man, couldn't work without him, as well as it could not work if it had to bend to market rules.
It has to be poetic and true, and also boring ( who played it knows what i mean).
So it has to be unsellable.
I would cry of joy for Shenmue 3, but it has to be done by no one.
Just appear out of thin air as a divine gift.



Fire-and-Water said:

It'll be interesting making these ambitious ideas in today's technology. Hopefully they'll hold up.

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